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The Icon Bar: News and features: Your Early February Catch-up Linkfest

Your Early February Catch-up Linkfest

Posted by Richard Goodwin on 11:57, 7/2/2006 | , , , ,
In this update: The Overfiend Vigay and his iTunes rip-off (plus installer); Matthew Phillips, DrawToSprite(/BMP/GIF) and haggis; WebGen2 thumbnail gallery generator; and other interesting software.

ROTunesOur great and generous overlord The Vigay has blessed us once again with another update - and a new utility. ROTunes, the RISC OS rip-offimplementation of iTunes by Apple, has been substantially upgraded to support more ID tags such as genre. Handy - so long as you haven't just labelled everything Rock. The utility is an installer/upgrader imaginatively entitled "Universal Application Installer", which was designed to upgrade older versions of ROTunes but might come in handy for anyone else out there wanting a neat installer for their apps.

HaggisMatthew Phillips has been busy working on DrawToSprite. Having received Matthew's Burn's Night bribe of a haggis, cunningly encoded for TCP/IP transmission as a Draw file, I promptly forgot to post about it so handily a second update has been forthcoming in as many weeks. This means that the program can output Sprites from a Draw file (duh!) but now also comes with BMP and GIF export, including large, high definition bitmaps for commercial printing even if you don't have lots of memory. I'm partial to haggis - it makes a quick and tasty treat when microwaved - but sadly Matthew hasn't yet released a version of DrawToMicrowave.

Webgen2WebGen v2.28 is out, which generates a thumbnail gallery from a directory of images. I wrote something similar back in the day but never released it because, once I got it working to my taste, I couldn't be bothered with the myriad customisation options required for other people's tastes. Dave Stratford's software, on the other hand, shows a heck of a lot of work has been done to make it customisable - from the layout (including switching to a CSS-only stylee) to the way images are presented (plain HTML? javascript popups? Check and check.)

Other bits and pieces:

  • Continuing the vague Draw/image generation theme of this post: DrawView, not RISC OS software but an Open Source Draw File viewer for Linux/Unix/Qt. Handy if you're away from your RISC OS machine, or need to open legacy files on your new Linux desktop machine.
  • Mail/News: "The purpose of this program is to control RISC OS news and mail fetchers NewsHound and POPstar for use with a PC server running IPCop on a dial-up connection". Unlikely you'll need it yourself, but a good write-up of the rationale behind it.
  • RiscSearch 0.97 for meta search engine querying.
  • ArcSimp 8.50 for your analogue/digital gate simulation needs.
  • Sudoku generators and/or solvers: click just about any link and hunt around long enough, you're pretty much bound to find a Sudoku-related prog these days. So I'm not bothering linking to specific pages, apart from Andy Poole's site, as he seems to be the only person on the planet who hasn't bothered to finish his.
Final Thoughts
I've just noticed that, apart from his own software, at least two of the other links in this update are hosted by the overfiend Vigay's ISP! Truly, he is our lord and master. ArgoNet is dead, all hail the Vigay etc. etc.

Main Links:
The overfiend Vigay's ISP


  Your Early February Catch-up Linkfest
  ad (21:38 7/2/2006)
  sa110_mk (08:34 8/2/2006)
    pvigay (12:39 8/2/2006)
      Steve (13:02 8/2/2006)
        ad (13:30 8/2/2006)
          hutchies (18:17 8/2/2006)
            jeff-doggett (09:13 9/2/2006)
              andypoole (21:10 9/2/2006)
                mavhc (17:15 11/2/2006)
Andrew Duffell Message #94113, posted by ad at 21:38, 7/2/2006

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ROTunes is certainly improving. :D I still wouldn't use it as my everyday MP3 player, but may do in the future...
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Paul Stewart Message #94114, posted by sa110_mk at 08:34, 8/2/2006, in reply to message #94113
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Will look at it again, once the sound is working on my A9home.
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Paul Vigay Message #94115, posted by pvigay at 12:39, 8/2/2006, in reply to message #94114

Posts: 200
Andrew, what's your everyday MP3 player then?

and sa110, what's the problem? Does AMPlayer work on the A9?

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Steve C Message #94116, posted by Steve at 13:02, 8/2/2006, in reply to message #94115
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Sound doesn't actually do anything yet on the A9, I've not tried the AMPlayer module itself, for obvious reasons... :P
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Andrew Duffell Message #94117, posted by ad at 13:30, 8/2/2006, in reply to message #94116

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Paul: I use AMPlayer, but once ROTunes replicates more of the functionality of iTunes, I'll probably use that, however I find it annoying that it wants my music organised in a specific directory structure. :|
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Mark Hutchinson Message #94118, posted by hutchies at 18:17, 8/2/2006, in reply to message #94117
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Well, my !SuDoku program was (TTBOMK) the first one available for RISC OS. So there.
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Jeff Doggett Message #94119, posted by jeff-doggett at 09:13, 9/2/2006, in reply to message #94118
Posts: 21
Well, my !SuDoku program was (TTBOMK) the first one available for RISC OS. So there.
Dates at dawn! Mine was 02/07/2005 So there!
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Andrew Poole Message #94120, posted by andypoole at 21:10, 9/2/2006, in reply to message #94119
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Mine is yet to be done, so I win by default :D
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Mark Scholes Message #94121, posted by mavhc at 17:15, 11/2/2006, in reply to message #94120
Posts: 660
20th november 2004, what do I win?
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